Pre war cars.

earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 444 Member
I recently started subscribing to Hemmings Classic Car magazine. I grew up in Detroit and as a kid saw the old muscle cars of current high interest on the road as a matter of routine. I am not however old enough to have seen hardly any pre war cars. Until now in these magazines.

These cars are works of art. The body lines, the art deco rounded dash boards. Even the utilitarian engines are cool. My favorite so far is a 1942 Hudson Six Deluxe Coupe.
Even the old Chrysler Desoto and Dodge sedans are the most elegant cars I've ever seen. One car featured is a 1949 Buick Special Business Coupe. The engine turned dash and even the Dynaflash Six engine look decorative.

From what I've been reading, not alot have survived. It's too bad.

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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,522 Senior Member
    I always thought the business man's coupe were kind of cool. Huge truck that extended into the back for hauling goods, and just a front seat. 

  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,603 Senior Member


    1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe. 
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 444 Member
    That's what I'm talking about. Nothing frivolous on these cars, but they're just elegant.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,589 Senior Member
    In addition to the John Browning firearms items, the Ogden Utah Union Station museum has a collection of classic cars.  In there is a blue Pierce-Arrow with headlight bezels that look like they organically GREW out of the fenders.  I have NO idea how they did the sheet metal fabrication to make that happen. 
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,347 Senior Member
    The 20s and 30s had the best looking cars ever made. A few managed to stay good looking post war, even into the 60s (Mercedes, among others). But for the most part, cars got stupid in the 50s, dull in the 60s, and even more bland in the 70s. Some started looking better in the 80s, most looked decent in the 90s because of a retro phase that affected many, then the Cadillac adopted the post-holocaust look in the oughts, the hideous Prius became the new norm, and most everything can only be told apart by the badge on the trunk.

    I'd love to have a pre-war car, great looking and without any stinkin' technology other than a transistorized ignition module! Nothing frivolous indeed - the exact opposite of today's transportation appliances that are completely frivolous!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 17,913 Senior Member
    The 1946-48 cars were the last of the "fat fender" designs.  They were rushed into production after WW II when all civilian car manufacturing stopped, and they were basically the 1940-42 models with slightly different trim.  49 was the first redesign for most of the car manufacturers.  There was also a big design change in the mid-1930's, from the "Model A" appearing cars to more modern sheet metal contours.  It took a real artist with a hammer and dolly to beat one of those fenders back into shape after a wreck, especially since Bondo didn't exist and any final filling had to be done with lead. 
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 444 Member
    One car featured is a 1938 Hupmobile Six. To access the engine, the hood is opened and then two beautifully curved and trimed side pannels are removed.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    A lost era to be sure. I HATE the way new cars are built. Yes the technology is much better. Our little Kia Soul is a joy to drive...mostly. I detest that electric everything. To me, it you can't roll down the window manually, maybe you shouldn't be driving. More stuff to break and replace. 

    I also miss venopanes. Maybe it's just nice enough that I don't want to run the a/c


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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,347 Senior Member
    edited April 15 #10
    Tugar said:
    A lost era to be sure. I HATE the way new cars are built. Yes the technology is much better. Our little Kia Soul is a joy to drive...mostly. I detest that electric everything. To me, it you can't roll down the window manually, maybe you shouldn't be driving. More stuff to break and replace. 

    I also miss venopanes. Maybe it's just nice enough that I don't want to run the a/c


    Metallurgy is better, tolerances are tighter, engines breathe better, fuel injection just works better. But with the exception of transistorized ignition, the rest of the "technology" is, just as you and my mother used to say, "something else to break". Power windows are just stupid. You can make a mild case for power door locks, but you can friggin' KEEP power seats. Hate power seats with a passion, something else to break and they're slow, slow, slow, slow! Don't like leather either for that matter.

    The only "modern" technology I like is cruise control. Won't have a car without it. Too bad you have to buy a package of crap just to get it.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    Read my mind Zorba. Leather and Vinyl ...no. Power seats ...no. The door locks......ok. I can deal with those. 
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,452 Senior Member
    Screw that. I want 13 air bags, remote start, back-up camera, the works.......................
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,347 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    Read my mind Zorba. Leather and Vinyl ...no. Power seats ...no. The door locks......ok. I can deal with those. 
    Yep. And if forced to a choice between leather and vinyl, I'll take vinyl - it at least wears better.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    Ok...the backup camera is nice. Not hard to replace and doesn't hurt if it doesn't work.
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    Winston Churchill
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,347 Senior Member
    Don't need it, I was taught how to use my mirrors if turning my head doesn't work for whatever reason.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 17,913 Senior Member
    edited April 15 #16
    What are these things called "Windows"?  My 59 MGA had leather and plexiglass side curtains that attached to the doors  with big wing nuts.  Even with the heater running full blast, winter driving required a fleece--lined leather bomber jacket, heavy leather gloves, and a scraper to keep the INSIDE of the windshield free of ice! 
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 444 Member
    The last issue featured a 1927 LeSalle with no windows. The car is so lavish that the flathead v8 is black enameled.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,347 Senior Member
    edited April 15 #18
    My parents had a bright red MGA with the very rare hard top. I think it was a '57 or '58. About half the time, it wouldn't start. So my mother would let it roll down the driveway, put it in second gear, and pop the clutch about halfway down. About half the time, that wouldn't work either. So she'd dog it over to the side, and we'd walk back up and take the truck - my beloved '63 GMC 1 ton.

    Dad would get home from work, fiddle around under the hood for a bit, and get it running.

    I came home from school one day when my dad was off work (something like 100 men "on the bench", so he was off for a few weeks) to find him under the MGA with wire laying about everywhere. He was *DONE* with electrical problems, and re-wired the entire car so that HE could understand it. He had to add a pair of separate brake lites, but he did it. Much less problems with it afterwards...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • NomadacNomadac Senior Member Posts: 849 Senior Member
    I have owned 2 Pre-War cars. A1936 Ford 5 window coupe and modified 1934 Ford 5 window couple. It had a 327 c.i. Chevy that origionally had a blower, but I didn't have the money for it,  so I had it changed to a 4 bbl. Carb. It had a chopped top, custom interior, big tires, etc. Painted a dark Colbalt Blue, that looked Black at night. Great for cruising on weekends back in the late 50'-60's.

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